I’ve always said that I do these cook the book groups because I make a lot of recipes I’d just not really choose to get around to. This recipe had a lot of steps and the idea of mushy bread didn’t appeal to me. at. all. I think I’ve had one version of bread pudding dessert that I’ve liked. One. If I don’t like something these days, it’s usually a texture issue and this definitely seemed like that. I nevertheless soldiered on, making a 1/2 recipe, and decided to try the panade as it was supposed to be. And, I’m happily surprised to say that my predictions were wrong!